Flute

Sir James Galway


Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. With over 30 million of his 97 recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, Galway has been a household name for decades. His uniquely expressive interpretations of the flute literature span an extensive range of genres, from classical masterworks to high profile commissions, and provide the benchmark standard for all modern flautists. He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings, and partnered such popular artists as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Sir Elton John. The diversity of Galway’s repertoire reflects his impressive musical range, and has served to establish him as an artist of the very highest stature.

Sir James and Lady Galway: UK Tour 2017

15 May 2017

Sir James Galway “The Man With the Golden Flute” and Lady Galway will commence on a tour through the UK today, combining performances with masterclasses to teach and inspire the next generation of...

Sir James and Lady Galway: US Tour 2017

14 Mar 2017

Sir James and Lady Galway have their first concert of their US tour on 15 March 2017. This recital will take place at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and will feature a programme...

Sir James and Lady Galway perform and teach in Israel

08 Dec 2016

Legendary flute duo Sir James and Lady Galway travel to Israel to perform three concerts and give a masterclass. Concerts take place in Haifa’s...

Sir James Galway delivers keynote speech for St Cecilia’s day at Westminster Abbey

22 Nov 2016

Sir James will be speaking at Westminster Abbey on 23 November for Help Musicians UK, the leading UK independent charity for professional musicians, as part of the Festival of St Cecilia. Sir...

Sir James and Lady Galway perform in Italy

03 Oct 2016

Flute legend Sir James Galway joins the Italian Chamber Orchestra I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone on 9 October, for a performance at the Auditorium Cesare Pollini in Padova. The...

Sir James Galway awarded KCICA Gold Medal in the Arts

05 Jun 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host its annual International Committee Summit in Dublin this June. At the summit, Sir James Galway will be receiving the prestigious 2016...

Sir James Galway launches new website

21 May 2016

Living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway, has launched an all-new website at www.jamesgalway.com. Visit the site now to discover the...

Sir James Galway receives titles from Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal College of Music

05 May 2016

Following on from receiving an honorary doctorate at Birmingham Conservatoire last week, Sir James Galway has also been awarded the honorary position of Prince Consort Professor at the Royal...

Sir James Galway Birmingham Conservatoire residency

28 Apr 2016

One of the world’s greatest living flautists, Sir James Galway, has announced his only UK residency of 2016 will be held at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University. Sir James...

Sir James and Lady Galway tour South West England

27 Apr 2016

The world’s foremost flute duo, Sir James and Lady Galway, will travel to the South West of England this April for two special performances. They will be joined by three string players from the...

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“Galway plays with characteristic grace”

BBC Music Magazine - Oct 2016

“Galway put the flute on the musical map in modern times, and has been a powerful advocate for classical music…he is a true classical music superstar.”

James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone Magazine - Nov 2014

“Few soloists in the classical realm are better equipped to provide value in that musical department, while pulling in a raft of customers, than James Galway… The nonchalant virtuosity and sterling musicianship that have kept Galway's solo career going strong for nearly 40 years were readily apparent… Galway’s playing remains a marvel.”

Chicago Tribune - Aug 2014

“He moulded phrases with supreme artistry, his attacks and releases were flawless, and his superb virtuosity in the solo cadenzas was show stopping.”

The News Gazette - Mar 2013

“Galway’s famous tone and strength shone through, his clarity and fire bringing an intensity to the concerto that is so often lacking.”

GoldenPlec Music Magazine - Jul 2013

“Galway charms the audience with wit, virtuosity and stamina. Nothing can compare to a Galway performance.”

The Richmond Register - Nov 2013

“A masterful flautist…in a technical tour de force, he unleashed a furious torrent of notes with seeming ease.”

The Kansas City Star - Jan 2011

“As fine and fluent a flautist as the world affords.”

The Washington Post - Jan 2004

“James Galway is more than a flute-player, he is the world’s only flute personality.”

Newsday - Mar 2000

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Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries.  With over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, Galway has been a household name for decades.  His uniquely expressive interpretations of the flute literature span an extensive range of genres, from classical masterworks to high profile commissions, and provide the benchmark standard for all modern flautists.  He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings, and partnered such popular artists as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Sir Elton John.  The diversity of Galway’s repertoire reflects his impressive musical range, and has served to establish him as an artist of the very highest stature.

Belfast-born, Galway studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in London’s major opera and symphonic orchestras. He took up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in 1969, before becoming one of the very first flautists to establish an international solo career in 1975. Since that time, Galway has performed worldwide with all of the leading orchestras and most prestigious conductors. He has a vast discography with 97 CDs to his name, and has enjoyed recording contracts with Sony Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. Sir James Galway maintains his busy international touring schedule, continuing to appear at major venues and festivals with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors. After opening the 2015/2016 concert season with a sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, highlights of  last season included major recital and concerto tours of Asia, Europe and the United States. Upcoming highlights for this season include BBC Proms in Park (September 2016), a US tour (March 2017), a UK tour (May 2017) and concerto appearences at Lucerne Festival and The Ravinia Festival.

Awarded the OBE in 1979, and subsequently a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001, Sir James Galway has been the recipient of many honours and awards for his musical accomplishments.  These include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Gramophone (2014), the Classic Brits (2005), and the National Concert Hall Dublin (2013), the Grammy President’s Merit Award (2004), and addition to The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame (2008) – as well as numerous gold and platinum recordings.  In celebration of Sir James’ legacy to music, Sony Classics has honoured the ‘Man with the Golden Flute’ with the release of a special box-set containing all 71 of his Sony/RCA CDs. In 2016 he was awarded the Gold Medal from the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.

As well as furthering the flute’s profile through repertoire commissions, Sir James has also published a number of articles, flute studies and books.  He has collaborated with top flute-makers, Nagahara Flutes of Boston, who have created a special ‘James Galway Nagahara Flute Series’, and – to mark their 125th Anniversary – William S. Haynes also produced a James Galway Q Series flute.

Alongside his busy performing schedule, Galway devotes much of his free time to educational outreach programmes. These include the Galway Flute Festivals held around the world, and his own online flute community: First Flute (www.firstflute.com).  Sir James holds teaching residences at The Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, and The Royal Irish Academy of Music. Galway also gives a great deal of time to charitable organisations, including SOS, FARA, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), The Caron Keating Foundation, Lorin Maazel’s Châteauxville Foundation, and the Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project – as well as UNICEF, for whom he is a Special Representative.  He is also Ambassador to the European Brain Council.

May 2017